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Unlocking Resilience through Culture


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An introduction to why resilience is not achieved by removing risks

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Unlocking Resilience through Culture

  2. 2. THE ‘FALSE’ RESILIENCE CONTINUUM Risk = NOT RESILIENT Safety = RESILIENT The Missing Link It is not uncommon for people to think of resilience as achieving safety and to see taking risks as the enemy. Nothing could be further from the truth. © Future Catalyst
  3. 3. TOTAL SAFETY = TOTAL CONTROL Though often creating safety will be well-intended, the truth is that total safety can only be achieved through total control, which removes people’s choices and creates an unhealthy culture in any environment where people work & live together. In fact, the actions taken to achieve total safety creates scenarios of neglect & encourages more extreme/radical behaviours in others, ironically leaving less room for achieving resilience. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction!” – Isaac Newton
  4. 4. FINDING THE CULTURAL MIDDLE GROUND To find resilience & a healthier culture which provides autonomy while installing more personal accountability, leaders need to understand what is needed to find the cultural middle ground which helps to unlock their own, their team’s and their organisation’s resilience.
  5. 5. Over- Protect Full Control Neglect Balanced and Informed Risk Assessment Supporting Informed Choice Under- Protect FREEZE - FLIGHT FLIGHT - FIGHT Directive (AKA Command & Control) Dictator- ship Laissez- Faire Totally Dis- Engaged Coaching Let GoTake Control Take ControlLet Go When your resilience is high When your resilience is low © Future Catalyst
  6. 6. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ... Want to learn more about how understanding culture can grow your team’s/ organisation’s resilience? Like our Facebook page ( or follow us on Twitter (@futurecatalyst) Visit our website – or Contact Us for a free consultation without obligation – 07474 237383